Clash of the Capital Ships

From the Yorkshire Raid to Jutland

  • Subject: World War II | Summer 2024 Sale
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    25 b/w photos, 10 b/w maps
  • Published:
    September 15, 2021
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  • Product Dimensions:
    9 × 6 × 1 in
  • Product Weight:
    20 oz
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The Battle of Jutland, May 31–June 1, 1916, pitted Great Britain and Imperial Germany—the two largest fleets of World War I—against one another for the first time.At that time, it would be the largest clash of capital ships in the history of modern naval warfare. Arguably, the outcome of World War I was at stake.

Focusing on the many fine studies of naval encounters in the North Sea and theprimary sources that appeared as the centennial of this clash approached, Eric Dorn Broseseized an opportunity to reexamine Jutland, its pre-history, and aftermath. Considering new scholarship within the context of extant literature, the author reveals why each side claimed a victory that belonged to Britain and its cautious admiral, Sir John Jellicoe by examining the key roles naval and political leaders in Germany and Great Britain played during the fight.With an awareness of previous research, and a lively, fresh approach, Brose provides a concise history of the Jutland clash and the era of naval combat itself.

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Editorial Reviews

“Jutland, the greatest clash of capital ships ever fought continues to fascinate. Brose has surveyed his subject’s immense literature and delivers fresh analysis and judgments. In the end, it’s the men, not the ships, that really matter.” —Vincent P. O'Hara, author of Six Victories: North Africa, Malta, and the Mediterranean Convoy War, November 1941–March 1942
“A fascinating study of the Battle of Jutland from a noted historian of Wilhelmine Germany, with a particular emphasis on the people involved–the personalities and politics in the German navy that led to the battle and affected its outcome, as well as the experiences of the sailors who fought.” —Leonard Heinz, co-author with Vincent O’Hara of Clash of Fleets: Naval Battles of the Great War, 1914-1918
“This is masterfully written,... readers come away with a far better idea of how commanders, in the very heart of battle, are called on to act decisively when facing nothing but conflicting advice, uncertainty, service legacy and the constant pressure of national expectations. I am sure that Eric Brose’s Clash of the Capital Ships will become one of the important contributions to deepening understanding of the naval war of 1914-1918.” —Nick Jellicoe, author of Jutland. The Unfinished Battle and The Last Days of the High Seas Fleet
Clash of the Capital Ships is outstanding history. It is well-written and well-researched, an entertaining and informative book.” —Ricochet
Clash of the Capital Ships is a relevant read for our modern age. Students of naval history will enjoy this accessible summary of the events culminating in the battle. More broadly, Clash of the Capital Ships can be read as historical allegory of current events and trends. It’s easy to see the South China Sea as the new North Sea, and though it’s clearly an inexact analogy, understanding the lessons of Jutland is the first step towards not repeating them. The naval arms race that took place prior to World War One may be viewed as a mirror onto which the strategies and operational decisions that led to Jutland are reflected in comparison to current global challenges. Clash of the Capital Ships is a solid addition to any naval history library.” —Armchair General
“This is a very well researched and well-written account of one of history’s most important naval actions.” —Baird Maritime
“The book Clash of the Capital Ships authored by Eric Dorn Brose highlights the Battle of Jutland between the navies of Great Britain and Imperial Germany…. Closely following are the commander’s tactical role, the capabilities of each ship, crewmen skills training, their motivation to fight, and a high esprit d’ corps versus that of the enemy. This book excellently depicts how important these elements are for any naval force, big or small, to succeed in times of war, instability, or peace.” —The Maritime Review
“The 2016 centennial of World War I’s Battle of Jutland generated a lot of interest and resulted in several books about the battle, the largest face-off of capital ships in modern history. The clash in the North Sea was a seemingly inevitable culmination of the naval rivalry and arms race between the United Kingdom and Germany, in which Germany challenged the rule of Britannia over the waves. The German fleet inflicted more losses than it suffered, but both sides claimed victory and the strategic balance remained unchanged as the German battle fleet stayed bottled up, unable or unwilling to break out, leaving Germany to rely on its submarine fleet for the remainder of the war. The author builds on earlier analysis using primary sources that have emerged and offers a fresh perspective on the battle.” —Seapower
Clash of the Capital Ships is an excellent account of the war at sea through Jutland, which will prove rewarding reading for anyone interested in war at sea, particularly during the Great War.” —StrategyPage